Gold Star Dads Houston Texas

California has been my home since 1954 when my father came her fresh out of Continental Trade School in Michigan to start a new life with his wife and soon to be five kids. I grew up for the most part in Hawthorne, not far from where Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys got their start. I attended high school, joined the Marines, made my share of mistakes and then in 1980 met the women that God picked for me, my wife of 35 years.

Our Son SGT Rhys W. Klasno is buried at Riverside National Cemetery and some of my family still live here. I have great memories and even greater friends here so this will be bitter sweet. California will always have a place in my heart but its time to think about retiring. My lovely, talented wife still wants to work until she reaches official retirement age so she has accepted an offer to work for Sika Sarnafil, in their Houston area territory.

Gold Star Dads of America is Moving to Houston, Texas

Its been a wonderful ride but its time to pick up stakes and get out of town. Starting July 5th it will be Gold Star Dads Houston Texas. Gold Star Dads will be opening an office this summer and by early fall we hope to have the new Hero’s Warehouse Houston facility operating in time for our Operation Noble Warrior Holiday Outreach and by spring 2016 be full force helping the other veteran outreach groups in the area care of the Houston area military families and veterans.

Gold Star Dads Houston Texas

We Need Your Help! This is a big move and frankly a little scary, but I know God wouldn’t lead me down this road if He didn’t have a plan. So I will Trust in His Grace. As in all Gold Star Dads of America endeavors I will rely heavily on our Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), American Legion Riders (ALR), and our current group of Sponsors, amazing patriot supporters and generous Texas donors to help make every mission a success. I have no doubt that the citizens, veterans, business owners and patriots of Houston Texas will rise to the challenge and will not disappoint.

I want to thank everyone who has supported our efforts over the last 7 years, the list is long so bare with me.

Our Corporate Sponsors; TSP Roof Systems, Prism Marketing Group, Cabral Roofing, BT Sheet Metal, Howard Roofing, Scholten Roofing, Tomas Torske Agency, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart, Madelyn Enright. The Lane Company & San Marino Roof.

HUGE Thank You Hugs; Blue Star Moms CA30, You Guys ROCK! Thank You Inland Empire Gold Star Moms, Leona Wheeler, Steve & Sandy Sultanoff.

Thank you Tribute Riders; Thank you Gunny Donor and SoCal PGR, American Legion Post #328 in Norco, Inland Empire chapter of “Leathernecks,” and CVMA chapter 33-6, and  AMVETS Long Beach #48.

I want to thank all the Socal Gold Star Dads especially my good friends Mike Allen, John Ruiz, Rick Creed, Tony Cox & Rick Stephens for helping me carry the load. Special Thanks to our Gold Star Prayer Warriors and and all my love to Greg & Shirley Griffith, my son’s in-laws who have been by our side for 7 years of awesome support.

I know I probably missed a few who deserve to be thanked, hope I didn’t miss too many. Besides, you don’t think you are getting rid of me this easy, I still have your emails & phone numbers. Oh, one more thing, its only 1250 miles to Houston, so we hope to see some of you riders and wandering souls at one of our future Gold Star Dads Houston Texas events.

  1. Theresa Johnson says:

    congratulations on the move! In at Ft Hood TX just a short hop away from Houston and I have expanded my Fisher House Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll here last year. I would love to work with you to get the word out to more GSF. Google the event and you will see what I do. It’s not a fund raiser just raising awareness and honoring our Fallen. Hope to hear back from you soon

  2. Dave Chappell says:

    Gold Star Dad Manuel (Manny) Souza passed away in May, 2015. He was 94. His son was Christopher Souza, who was in the Army, KIA in Vietnam in 1968.

  3. Michael Davis says:

    We lost our son SSgt Timothy P Davis USAF in 2009 in Afghanistan. I developed PTSD over the years since. I have met other GSPs with varying degrees of the same condition. Some of us don’t know we have this till it’s too late. Some use poor coping mechanisms that are identical to what get some of our returning troops with PTSD in serious trouble. From broken families to very much worse.
    PTSD has now been recognized as a factor related to sudden traumatic loss of a loved one amongst many other types of traumas. What resources are available that you have found?
    There is a local Military Vetern Peer Network I am working with that is always looking to help the Vets and their families. I am a parent that is currently in the process of being helped. If you have anything that I could direct this program to to help others GS families suffering from effects of PTSD please let me know and I will pass on. I am in Tarrant County, TX.

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